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CFPA Ramble: Spring Wildflowers and Ants

Sunday, May 3, 2015 - 1:00pm - Monday, May 4, 2015 - 2:45pm
American Legion State Forest
344 West River Road
Barkhamsted, Connecticut 06063
Event Type: 
Outdoor Recreation
All are welcome
Event Description: 

Are you a fan of spring wildflowers like Trillium, Trout Lily and Dutchman's Breeches? Join Rob Clark for a CFPA Ramble about spring wildflowers and their odd interactions with ants. 

Many of our most iconic spring flowers actually provide food to ants with a uniquely specialized organ called an 'elaiosome'.  Learn about the biology of this fascinating interaction.  We will hike and identify these ant-mutualist wildflowers, called 'Myrmecochores.' 

This program will be part of a moderate hike with a distance of 4.0 miles.  Hikers should be prepared for a steep and rocky ascent, that is often muddy.

We will meet at the trail-head for the Henry Buck Trail at the Intersection of West River Road and Legend Road in Barkhamsted, CT (Use address 344 West River Road, Barkhamsted, CT 06063 for GPS).

Parking Information: 
There is a small lot at the intersection of West River Road and Legend Road within the American Legion State Forest.
Inclement Weather: 
Rain or Shine; Contact Ramble Guide below to confirm.
Registration Fee: 
RSVP Requirement: 
RSVP recommended
For Questions, Contact: 
Robert Clark

FREE outdoor fun for everyone!

To Prepare for a Safe and Enjoyable Ramble

  1. Be ready to begin the Ramble at the scheduled start time;
  2. Bring water, a snack, and your excitement;
  3. Leave pets at home;
  4. Wear sturdy shoes; and
  5. Kids, please remember to bring your parents or caregivers.

A program of the Connecticut Forest & Park Association